Milton R. Konvitz Liberian Codification Project

Collection Number: /4039 L

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Milton R. Konvitz Liberian Codification Project, 1962-1980
Collection Number:
/4039 L
Creator:
Konvitz, Milton R.
Quantity:
6 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records (documents), correspondence .
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Boxes 1-3, 8-12, and 15-31 of this collection were transferred to the Cornell Law Library in 2005. Please consult with the Law Library Reference Librarian for these additional materials.
Language:
Collection material in English, French


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

March 12, 1908-September 5, 2003 Milton Konvitz, a Cornell University faculty member and authority on constitutional and labor law, and civil and human rights, died Sept. 5 at the age of 95. Konvitz was a founding faculty member in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations from 1946 until his retirement in 1973. He was also a professor in Cornell's Law School. Konvitz is perhaps best known for his American Ideals course, which he taught to more than 8,000 students over the course of his career, never giving the same lecture twice. "I saw the U.S. Constitution as it has been interpreted as a magnificent depository of our ideals, both individual and social," he said. His course exposed students to the great intellectual thinkers and philosophers throughout history whose writings had shaped those ideals. They included Sophocles, whose play Antigone is Cornell's New Student Reading Project this year. One student he influenced was U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Cornell Class of 1954, who considers him a mentor. At Cornell Konvitz also was a founder of the university's Department of Near Eastern Studies and Program of Jewish Studies. "I felt it was essential for a college interested in the humanities not to leave out Hebrew language and literature," he said. "And the knowledge of Jewish history, which began 4,000 years ago and has contributed to civilization no less than Greek, Roman or English history, is important to today's students-Jewish and non-Jewish." He often hosted students at his Ithaca home and helped start the first Kosher dining option at Cornell, Young Israel House. In addition, for nearly 30 years he directed the Liberian Codification Project, which drew up the official body of statutory laws that is still in force in the Republic of Liberia today, despite the current political upheaval there. Konvitz also edited the opinions of Liberia's Supreme Court and received the Grand Band of the Order of the Star of Africa, the highest award given to foreigners, as well as an honorary degree from the University of Liberia, one of seven honorary degrees he received in his lifetime. Active as a scholar and writer until his death, he wrote books and articles on American constitutional law that won him wide recognition and were cited in U.S. Supreme Court opinions. Among his nine books is Fundamental Liberties of a Free People: Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, which was republished earlier this year with an expanded introduction by him that is strongly critical of the Rehnquist Supreme Court. Other books include A Century of Civil Rights (1983) and Judaism and Human Rights (2nd ed. 2001). He also edited a dozen volumes, including two on American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose thinking shaped his views. One Emersonian idea he absorbed was that readers give life to books, which Konvitz recast as follows: "It is in their hearing that students bring life to the words, the thoughts, the teacher." Konvitz was born in Safed, Palestine (now Israel ), in 1908, the son of a rabbi. He immigrated to the United States in 1915 and became a naturalized citizen in 1926. He received a bachelor's degree in 1929 and a law degree in 1930, both from New York University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell in 1933. Before joining Cornell's faculty, he was one of three assistant general counsels to Thurgood Marshall at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund for three years. He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Oakhurst, N.J.; a brother, Phillip, of Elberon, N.J.; a son and daughter-in-law, Josef and Isa, of Paris, France; and two grandsons, Eli and Ezra. Josef Konvitz, who grew up in Ithaca, is now an official at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Boxes 1-3, 8-12, and 15-31 of this collection were transferred to the Cornell Law Library in 2005. Please consult with the Law Library Reference Librarian for these additional materials.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Konvitz, Milton R.(Milton Ridvas), 1908-2003
Liberian Codification Project

Form and Genre Terms:
Records (documents).
Correspondence


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Access to the collections in the Kheel Center is restricted. Please contact a reference archivist for access to these materials.
Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
Milton R. Konvitz Liberian Codification Project #/4039 L. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
/3033: Milton R. Konvitz Liberian Project Files
/4039: Milton R. Konvitz Papers
/4039 AV: Milton R. Konvitz American Ideals Lectures Audio-Visual Materials
/4039 B: Milton R. Konvitz Additional Papers
/4039m: Milton R. Konvitz Tribute to Irving M. Ives and Edmund Ezra Day
/4085: Milton R. Konvitz Additional Papers
/4220m: Milton Konvitz Additional Papers
/4289 AV: ILR School Alumni Affairs and Development Audio-Visual Materials
/4297: ILR School Biography Files
/4341: Milton R. Konvitz Collections
6047: Archives Information File

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 4
Box 4 Folder 1 1959
May and June 1959
Box 4 Folder 2 1957
May and June 1957
Box 4 Folder 3 1955-1957
Ithaca. August 20 1955 - 1957. Contains one photograph
Box 4 Folder 4 1967
Checci and Company, Washington, DC. May 1967
Box 4 Folder 5 1965
Edited by John Gilissen. French and English
Box 4 Folder 6 1960-1966
Box 4 Folder 7 1960-1963
August 26 1960 - September 18 1963
Box 4 Folder 8 1961-1962
Box 4 Folder 9 1962-1963
December 6 1962 - March 15 1963
Box 4 Folder 10 1962
Newspaper Clipping. November 27 1962
Box 4 Folder 11 1961-1964
December 8 1961 - June 1 1964
Box 4 Folder 12 1964-1965
Box 4 Folder 13 1933-1966
1933 - April 1 1966
Box 4 Folder 14 1957-1960
July 18 1957 - May 10 1960
Box 4 Folder 15 1953-1956
April 3 1953 - April 23 1956
Box 4 Folder 16 1954-1965
October 5 1954 - July 12 1965
Box 4 Folder 17 1952-1953
January 14 1952 - November 13 1953
Box 5
Box 5 Folder 1 1954-1963
October 15 1954 - December 23 1963
Box 5 Folder 2 1951-1966
November 19 1951 - January 14 1966
Box 5 Folder 3
Box 5 Folder 4
Box 5 Folder 5 1962-1964
October 1962 - November 24 1964
Box 5 Folder 6 1962-1964
February 2 1962 - April 17 1964
Box 5 Folder 7 1962
March 5 1962 - July 16 1962
Box 5 Folder 8 1958-1968
May 6 1958 - May 1 1968
Box 5 Folder 9 1961-1967
July 14 1961 - August 10 1967
Box 5 Folder 10 1958-1966
November 11 1958 - March 21 1966
Box 5 Folder 11 1954-1967
July 1 1954 - November 27 1967
Box 5 Folder 12 1952-1959
June 9 1952 - May 1 1959
Box 5 Folder 13 1958-1961
April 8 1958 - September 4 1961
Box 5 Folder 14 1960-1968
July 11 1960 - October 25 1968
Box 5 Folder 15 1955-1958
November 9 1955 - February 17 1958
Box 5 Folder 16 1959-1966
Box 5 Folder 17 1961-1965
October 19 1961 - February 20 1965
Box 5 Folder 18 1963
Box 5 Folder 19 1962-1963
May 24 1962 - October 2 1963
Box 5 Folder 20 1963-1964
Box 5 Folder 21 1962
February 14 1962
Box 5 Folder 22 1962-1968
December 2 1962 - April 24 1968
Box 5 Folder 23 1964
February 1964
Box 5 Folder 24 1960-1964
July 13 1960 - June 11 1964
Box 5 Folder 25 1953
Box 5 Folder 26 1958-1965
Box 5 Folder 27 1958-1963
March 19 1958 - November 7 1963
Box 5 Folder 28 1952-1954
November 14 1952 - June 2 1954
Box 6
Box 6 Folder 1 1954-1965
Box 6 Folder 2 1962-1966
April 6 1962 - December 29 1966
Box 6 Folder 3 1964-1967
September 10 1964 - December 19 1967
Box 6 Folder 4 1961-1969
October 16 1961 - May 27 1969
Box 6 Folder 5 1956-1961
June 30 1956 - August 15 1961
Box 6 Folder 6 1958-1965
January 11 1958 - February 16 1965
Box 6 Folder 7 1966
June 26 - August 1 1966
Box 6 Folder 8 1963-1965
Box 6 Folder 9 1959-1962
September to October 1959, 1962
Box 6 Folder 10 1962-1966
May 4 1962 - February 3 1966
Box 6 Folder 11 1955-1962
Box 6 Folder 12 1965-1966
Box 6 Folder 13 1959-1966
Box 6 Folder 14 1957-1958
July 17 1957 - July 1 1958
Box 6 Folder 15 1952-1956
September 2 1952 - February 7 1956
Box 6 Folder 16 1955
August to October 1955
Box 6 Folder 17 1952
Box 6 Folder 18 1952
June 2 1952
Box 6 Folder 19 1953
May 29 1953
Box 6 Folder 20 1952-1955
Box 6 Folder 21 1952
March, April and May 1952
Box 6 Folder 22 1952
May 6 and July 1 1952
Box 6 Folder 23 1953
Box 6 Folder 24 1952-1957
July 8 1952 - January 12 1957
Box 6 Folder 25 1952-1956
June 5 1952 - May 14 1956
Box 6 Folder 26 1952
May 14 1952
Box 6 Folder 27 1952
June 10 1952
Box 6 Folder 28 1952
July 30 1952
Box 6 Folder 29 1960
July 25 1960 - October 18 1960
Box 6 Folder 30 1959-1962
March 2 1959 - July 19 1962
Box 6 Folder 31 1959-1963
January 7 1959 - February 11 1963
Box 6 Folder 32 1957-1958
January 23 1957 - December 17 1958
Box 6 Folder 33 1948-1956
August 11 1948 - December 19 1956
Box 6 Folder 34 1959-1965
October 7 1959 - June 25 1965
Box 6 Folder 35 1958-1963
December 31 1958 - December 24 1963
Box 7
Box 7 Folder 1 1952-1958
May 28 1952 - December 9 1958
Box 7 Folder 2 1967
January to December 1967
Box 7 Folder 3 1963-1964
March 10 1953 - December 2 1964
Box 7 Folder 4 1954
February 25 - March 11 1954
Box 7 Folder 5 1952-1958
November 10 1952 - October 16 1958
Box 7 Folder 6 1952-1959
April 16 1952 - July 28 1959
Box 7 Folder 7 1974-1976
September 26 1974 - July 2 1976
Box 7 Folder 8 1966-1980
July 27 1966 - January 14 1980
Box 7 Folder 9 1976-1978
July 2 1976 - November 29 1978
Box 7 Folder 10 1979-1980
June 13 1979 - March 12 1980
Box 7 Folder 11 1977-1978
Box 7 Folder 12 1977-1980
July 13 1977 - January 8 1980
Box 7 Folder 13 1952-1972
June 27 1952 - January 4 1972
Box 7 Folder 14 1971-1980
May 7 1971 - April 1 1980
Box 7 Folder 15 1974-1977
December 20 1974 - January 3 1977
Box 7 Folder 16 1975-1980
January 6 1975 - March 12 1980
Box 7 Folder 17 1974-1977
Box 7 Folder 18 1966-1972
January 5 1966 - October 26 1972
Box 7 Folder 19 1967-1973
August 1967 - July 30 1973
Box 7 Folder 20 1973-1980
September 10 1973 - March 28 1980
Box 7 Folder 21 1968-1980
January 16 1968 - March 3 1980
Box 7 Folder 22 1971-1972
November 10 1971 - June 30 1972
Box 7 Folder 23 1966-1967
October 17 1966 - August 29 1967
Box 7 Folder 24 1969
January 6 1968 - September 30 1969
Box 7 Folder 25 1966-1967
May 28 1966 - September 28 1967
Box 7 Folder 26 1973-1975
June 25 1973 - January 2 1975
Box 7 Folder 27 1969
Box 7 Folder 28 1966-1967
Box 7 Folder 29 1958-1977
February 27 1958 - September 20 1977
Box 7 Folder 30 1971-1979
September 1971 - December 6 1979
Box 7 Folder 31 1971-1980
February 25 1971 - April 30 1980
Box 7 Folder 32 1966-1974
February 16 1966 - April 10 1974
Box 7 Folder 33 1971-1979
September 1971 - December 6 1979
Box 7 Folder 34 1965-1967
November 9 1965 - June 2-3 1967
Box 7 Folder 35 1964-1974
January 24 1964 - May 2 1974
Box 7 Folder 36 1952-1980
May 7 1952 - February 15 1980
Box 7 Folder 37 1956-1979
September 19 1956 - September 19 1979
Box 7 Folder 38 1962-1977
October 25 1962 - January 3 1977
Box 7 Folder 39 1966-1974
1966 - June 5 1974
Box 13
Box 13 Folder 1 1964-1967
Box 13 Folder 2 1952-1980
1952 - April 14 1980
Box 13 Folder 3 1973-1978
October 2 1973 - February 7 1978
Box 13 Folder 4 1965-1973
1965 - January 30 1973
Box 13 Folder 5 1967-1979
August 7 1967 - November 9 1979
Box 13 Folder 6 1957-1977
October 18 1957 - November 1977
Box 13 Folder 7 1957-1980
November 26 1957 - January 4 1980
Box 13 Folder 8 1955-1973
January 20 1955 - March 22 1973
Box 13 Folder 9 1963-1976
June 26 1963 - March 16 1976
Box 13 Folder 10 1977-1979
January 11 1977 - April 24 1979
Box 13 Folder 11 1965-1980
May 10 1965 - June 2 1980
Box 13 Folder 12 1967-1980
May 8 1967 - June 2 1980
Box 13 Folder 13 1959
September 26 1959
Box 13 Folder 14
9 white pamphlets and 23 green
Box 13 Folder 15 1979-1980
Box 13 Folder 16 1976-1978
Box 13 Folder 17 1964-1977
Box 13 Folder 18 1973-1980
Box 13 Folder 19 1965-1979
Box 13 Folder 20 1971-1979
Box 14
Box 14 Folder 1 1975-1979
Box 14 Folder 2 1970-1971
Box 14 Folder 3 1975-1980
Box 14 Folder 4 1968-1980
Box 14 Folder 5 1968-1971
Box 14 Folder 6 1962-1973
Box 14 Folder 7 1968-1979
Box 14 Folder 8 1967-1968
Box 14 Folder 9 1964-1966
Box 14 Folder 10 1969-1974
Box 14 Folder 11 1972-1976
Box 14 Folder 12 1968-1971